—Los Angeles Times
This book illustrates the powerful, life-changing Option Process® Dialogue in action. With a caring and loving hand, Barry Neil Kaufman takes us on a very intimate journey with the young people he has helped. He brings us unflinchingly into moments of extreme crisis involving rape, questions of sexuality, a dying parent, divorce, the prison of drugs.
Here are the stories of young people at critical turning points in their lives. Here also is the story of the man who neither judges them nor censures them, but simply accepts them and, ultimately, helps them to make their own choices.
Each Drama is Unique, All are Unforgettable:
- the torment of a teenage girl troubled by her own blossoming sexuality…
- the frustration of a bright child with an undiagnosed learning disability…
- the pilgrimage of parents whose child is locked behind an emotional barrier…
- a sensitive adolescent learning to deal with a parent’s death…
- a young girl facing the decision to have an abortion or a baby…
Barry Neil Kaufman won national acclaim with Son-Rise and To Love is to Be Happy With. Now, he takes readers on an intimate journey through the challenges facing the young people with whom he has worked.
“’Giant Steps’ is a collection of inspiring stories of teenagers looking within themselves to deal with a whole gamut of challenging life situations. In addition to warming your heart, you’ll also be introduced to the process by which these people were able to reverse the direction of their lives. By answering questions about how they felt and what they thought, these young adults decided to change how they viewed their situations and were thus empowered to take dramatically new actions.”
—-John C. Hillegeist, U.S.A.
“Everyone can change. Great book for anyone who wants to consider how their beliefs shape their lives. Wonderful book for teenagers to consider.”
“A feast for the heart. There are lessons in love for everyone here.”
—The Boston Globe
“I have read most of Barry Neil Kaufman’s books and this is definitely my favorite. I read the book in one night because I couldn’t put it down. It’s very inspiring. I wish I would have read this book when I was a teenager. Everyone I have given it to has loved it.”